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Are rotator cuff injuries best healed with therapy or surgery?

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Cuff injuries aren't all the same and aren't all treated the same way. Some injuries respond well to non-operative treatment with resolution of pain and without loss of function while many require surgery to alleviate pain and/or restore strength and motion. An orthopedic surgeon experienced in the treatment of these injuries is most qualified to help you decide what the best treatment is for you.
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What do they do to fix rotator cuff injuries?

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The rotator cuff tendon is repaired back to the bone where it tore away from. This can be done with arthroscopic surgery and suture anchors
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Dr. J.Milo Sewards answered:

What are the tests for rotator cuff injuries?

Physical exam & MRI

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There are certain physical exam maneuvers and strength tests that your doctor will perform to determine the likelihood that you have a rotator cuff injury. While an MRI can help with the diagnosis, it must be used in conjunction with a thorough shoulder exam to increase its usefulness in making the correct diagnosis.
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal answered:

Why do most rotator cuff injuries involve the suprasipatus muscle?

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We also see subscapularis tears in approximately 35% of the rotator cuff tears we treat. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.com/Rotator-Cuff-Tear.htm and http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulderpain/2013/rotator-cuff-repair-2/rotator-cuff-tear-subscapularis/
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Do rotator cuff injuries heal naturally?

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Rotator cuff tears are either partial or full thickness. If the tear is not painful and there is not significant weakness then no surgery needs to be done. Rotator cuff tears do not usually heal naturally. You can get some scarring back down, but that is not predictable. Patients not electing for surgery usually recover with PT, but that is more for partial tears.
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Do rotator cuff injuries ever heal completely?

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A strain of the rotator cuff usually heals in 6-8 weeks. Rotator cuff tears in general do not heal unless surgically repaired. Surgical treatment is generally done arthroscopically (using a small camera). Most patients (90%) have improvement and are satisfied with surgery. Healing of the tendon after surgical repair is dependent on the size and type of tear as well how old the tear is.
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Dr. Mazen Ghani answered:

What can be seen on Mri for rotator cuff injuries?

Several things

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MRI of the shoulder can demonstrate partial and complete rotator cuff tears, bursitis, bicipital tendon tears, labral tears, bone lesions, arthritis, and soft tissue masses.
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Is it normal to use cortisone injections for rotator cuff injuries?

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I would agree that rotator cuff injuries involve inflammation of the rotator cuff and bursa. These problems can be effectively treated with oral and injectable steroids. Physical therapy is an effective adjunct to treatment. However, if the injury represents a tear...a cortisone injection will not fix this. It may provide some temporary relief however. See your doc.
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What sports are most likely ro result in rotator cuff injuries?

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you're most likely to see rotator cuff injuries in either sports with repetitive motion (baseball, tennis, golf...) or with impact force (football, rugby, hockey, cycling...)
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Rotator cuff injuries - are they caused by heavy lifting?

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How your shoulder turns, twists, elevates, etc. related to lifting can determine whether an injury occurs. Essentially basic mechanics of movement, amount of weight and prior injuries will also determine the likelihood of an injury.
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